The Homeless Film Festival was founded in 2011 and is the only festival in the world that uses the film industry as a way of highlighting and tackling homeless issues. We have two clear strands: We work with homeless affected people from around the UK on a daily basis, offering free short and long term creative filmmaking projects. Homeless people have hectic lives with core underlying issues that marginalise and alienate them from a more stable life. We address these core issues by offering a positive, creative outlet whilst delivering essential, transferable skills that participants can apply to daily life such as confidence building, teamwork and time management. By innovatively addressing these underlying, social issues, we hope to move participants away from exclusion and poverty to new pathways for integration into local communities and society. Participants also develop filmmaking skills such as script writing, camera operating, editing, digital software, mobile technology, and festival programming.
Homeless Film Festival
Homeless Film Festival have screened several Streetwise Opera projects. Their aim is to support the work of charities and build partnerships through the festival. They support building new pathways for homeless affected people through their film and digital courses plus festival volunteering. They offer a chance to learn practical skills plus gain experience such as working within a team, daily routine, computer and literacy skills, enabling them to apply for future employment or training. They facilitate positive expression that is confidence building and has a profound affect on their lives. They hope to progress marginalised people towards social re-integration and strive to build continued pathways for them to achieve a sustainable way to live.